Hi all...I don't suspect that folks will come flocking because they remember me, but I used to be kind of active on these forums about a couple years back. Well, I had a couple tanks then, and when the tanks started doing super poorly, I just didn't repopulate them (all that good bacteria gone to waste!). I felt super irresponsible for letting it happen, but I'd like to think this happens to other people, and that it doesn't mean that I shouldn't get back into the hobby. :-\ So I've been wanting to come back to fishkeeping, just on a limited basis -- a 10 gallon tank for a little betta -- and I thought I'd come back to my old fishkeeping forum haunts. I always remembered people being friendly 'round here and I have some fond memories of late-night off-topic threads with Meenu...so...hi all. Apologies for starting things off with a bit of a ramble. Like I said above, I am looking to revive my 10 gallon tank, specifically for a single betta fish (to be brought home sometime in the future), and I'm hoping to get some advice. It's been literally about 1.5-2 years since the electric bits were all going, and I wonder if I should think about replacing anything before I start up the whole nitrogen cycle again. I suppose the heater, if it goes, should be pretty easy to replace if it comes to it, so I'm really just concerned about the filter. It's an Aqueon Power Filter 10. And I haven't yet dug up the old water testing strips and all that, but I hope there are expiration dates on those things so I'll know whether I can use them or not. Beyond that, it's been a while since I cycled a tank, and I am still undecided about whether I should just buy a single piece of shrimp from the grocery store or just drop in some ammonia everyday until the readings are good. The shrimp idea seems like less maintenance though. If anyone has input or suggestions on that, I would be happy to listen. Edit: Derpy derp derp, I forgot all about Tetra Safestart! I should get my hands on some of that, hm... I'm also still debating whether I should try live plants again or not, but I'm even less decided on that front... Anyway, thanks all. I hope to be good to the next fishie I get.